Model-driven Software Engineering for Construction Engineering: Quo Vadis?

By: Sebastian Götz, Andreas Fehn, Frank Rohde, Thomas Kühn


Models are an inherent part of the construction industry, which leverages from the steady advancements in information and communication technology. One of these advancements is Building Information Modeling (BIM), which denotes the move from 2D drawings to having semantically rich models of the objects subject to construction. Additionally, the way stakeholders collaborate in construction projects and their organization is revisited. This is commonly denoted as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Both BIM and IPD originate from the basic principles of Lean Construction, the vision to minimize waste, increase value, and continuous improvement. The application of Model-driven Software Engineering (MDSE) to BIM is a natural choice. Although several approaches utilizing MDSE for BIM have been proposed, so far no structured overview of the current state of the art has been conducted. Such an overview is vitally needed, because the existing literature is fragmented among multiple research areas. Consequently, in this paper, we present a systematic literature review on the application of MDSE to BIM, IPD and Lean Construction resulting in a systematically derived taxonomy, which we used to classify 97 papers published between 2008 and 2018. Based on the taxonomy, we provide an analysis of the classified research showing (a) where the discourse on model-driven construction engineering currently is, (b) the state of the art of model-driven techniques in construction engineering and (c) open research challenges.


Systematic Literature Review, Building Information Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery, Lean Construction

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Sebastian Götz, Andreas Fehn, Frank Rohde, Thomas Kühn, “Model-driven Software Engineering for Construction Engineering: Quo Vadis?”, Journal of Object Technology, Volume 19, no. 2 (July 2020), pp. 2:1-22, doi:10.5381/jot.2020.19.2.a2.

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